“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.” Matthew 2:16 (NIV)
Ironically, at the birth of the Savior, we have genocide and atrocities committed. Jesus, poised to bring life to the entire world, while Herod the “Not so Great,” filled with hatred and indwelled by Satan, seeks to prevent God’s redemptive plan by ordering the death of so many! Imagine the cries of the Hebrew babies over the cry of the Christ child. The tears of the mothers for the martyred babies versus the elated tears of the Virgin Mother. A staggering irony of the first Christmas is that, while the Prince of Peace entered into this world, there was genocidal turmoil all around. Despite this turmoil and struggle, the Giver of Life was undeterred and not prevented.
Points to Ponder:
God’s plan cannot be deterred or prevented. Regardless of the state of common culture or the sovereign mandates of kings, Christmas came. Every year, we can choose to rely on God, trust His will, and know that each Christmas is a reminder that nothing stopped the Savior and nothing stops God.
Dear God, I thank You for Your power as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I am comforted by your promises and understand that Your plans cannot and will not be deterred. Help me to fully trust and rely on You and You alone. I believe and understand that I can do anything through You, for with You nothing is impossible! In Jesus Name, Amen.